CSU forecasts fall 2021 semester to be held in-person

San Diego State has increased the admission rates of out-of-state and international freshmen students.

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San Diego State has increased the admission rates of out-of-state and international freshmen students.

The California State University system announced on Wednesday that they anticipate the fall 2021 semester will be held in-person across the 23 campuses, a decision that will impact nearly 500,000 students and 53,000 faculty and staff members.

In May, San Diego State released its SDSU Flex plan for fall 2020. SDSU President Adela de la Torre announced that in-person instruction would not return following spring break. Since that decision on March 10, SDSU has been mostly virtual, with an exception for some in-person instruction.

Even then, in-person instruction has been paused twice since the start of the semester. The first time in September after a surge in COVID-19 cases associated with the university and most recently on Nov. 17, just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

New CSU students have until Dec. 15 to enroll in the fall 2021 semester. This deadline was extended from its previous Dec. 4 date to accommodate more students during the pandemic.

“It’s critical that we provide as much advance notice as possible to students and their families, as we have done previously in announcing our moves toward primarily virtual instruction,” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said. “While we are currently going through a very difficult surge in the pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the promising progress on vaccines.”

Yesterday, the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in a United Kingdom hospital. California is expected to receive 327,000 doses of the vaccine as early as mid-December according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

On Monday, Newsom said California could receive an additional two million doses from Pfizer and Moderna by late December.

As of Wednesday, approximately 1.3 million people in California have tested positive for the virus and there have been 20,047 coronavirus-related deaths, the second most of any state following Texas, which has 22,808 deaths according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CSU has not decided whether courses for the summer 2021 term will take place in-person.

Brenden Tuccinardi contributed SDSU specific reporting.